Moldova forms new government

Moldova forms new government
# 30 July 2015 20:51 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The Moldovan Parliament on Thursday approved the new three-party cabinet headed by Valeriu Strelet, member of parliament from the Liberal Democratic Party, the largest party in the coalition, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Strelet's coalition government was voted for by all the 52 members of the coalition in the 101-seat parliament, while deputies of the Socialists and Communists voted against the cabinet composed of the Liberal Democrats, the Democrats and the Liberals.

The cabinet is composed of four deputy prime ministers and 14 ministers, with the foreign minister and economics minister also holding the posts of deputy prime minister.

There are a number of six new faces in the cabinet.

According to the government's action program presented by Strelet before the voting at a parliament plenary meeting, the main goal of the new cabinet is to enhance the well-being, safety and quality of life of citizens, by developing economy and facilitating creation of well-paid jobs, fighting corruption and ensuring the supremacy of law.

"The safest way to achieve these goals is the European integration," Strelet said, adding that the government is to create all premises needed to make sure that Moldova is eligible for obtaining the status of candidate for European Union accession.

Strelet, 45, was nominated officially as prime minister-designate by President Nicolae Timofti on Monday, after the Liberal Democrats' previous nominee, acting Education Minister Maia Sandu, failed to get support of the other coalition parties.

On July 23, the three "pro-European" parties signed the agreement on the formation of the ruling alliance, weeks after Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici decided to step down on June 12, over allegations of falsification of his high school diploma.

Strelet started his political activity in 1994. He was appointed deputy leader of the Liberal Democratic Party in 2007 and has been a member of the Parliament of Moldova since 2009. In 2011, he began to lead the Liberal Democrats' faction of the parliament.